Today I watched the last three holes of the 109th
US Open Golf Championships. The final four players, Lucas Glover, Ricky Barnes,
David Duvall and Nick Mickolodean. It was a first for me. The first time I've
ever been seriously interested in golf, one of the slowest games on the planet.
is because it was the 16th, 17th and 18th holes and each point counted so dear.
The pressure was on.
I loved hearing the perspectives from each of the four players, the winner and
three losers, all interpreting their final outcome through different eyes and
life experiences leading up to today.
Today I could appreciate the pressure of each player in their final 3 rounds
and how they felt. Why now?
Simply because not only did the commentator give a brief description of
each player, thier life, their thoughts comments before and during the
tournament, but also by describing to the audience what it feels like to be
close to winning. The pressure each player deals with in words I could
He described the players hands wrapping around the golf club and the pressure
of each shot when millions are watching and the stakes are high.
“Your hands feel
like porcupine quills.”
“Every cell in your
body is at rocket mode. It’s hard to describe what your body is doing… This is
why experience helps. You know how your body reacts and what to expect.
“This is the
As the commentators waited for Lucas Glover to make another
drive, or hit another putt to keep the lead they wondered aloud how this
first-time US Open PGA contender would do.
Can he perform
under pressure? asked commentator Gary.
Gary," stated the other commentator
Then came a long
pause with the statement,“I’m nervous.”
I have watched my
dad head into another room if the tension and trials during the last minutes of
a game make him too nervous to watch his favorite team lose or win.
So I left today's
victory talk feeling much closer to the players than I ever have and tuned into
their lives. I was glad the underdog, Glover rose to the occasion and showed us
his talent. His ability to wait for the wind to die down before he took the
shot at the 17th. To wait and flip through his play book to make another
His calm and
"classy" demeanor as a polite Southern gentleman throughout the
tournament which would mark him as a "good representative for the US"
in the next big tournaments to follow.
In his acceptance
speech he said, "It was a test of patience. It was just hard out there
Such is life. May
we all become better at the trials of life in our daily rounds of living as we
ponder the attitude and victory moves of a “classy champion” like Glover. And as he alluded, “something was working for
me,” may we declare in all our trials, “He is with us not against us; He is
backing us up.”
For we have a King
and a Kingdom to represent too.